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Friday, July 14, 2006

Innocent

I don't know whether we will be able to find out whether the child was a boy or girl, but assuming we can't, the baby's name will be Innocent.

This is not because we expected a boy -- my intuition has always been non-existent for these things -- but because a girl could, in a pinch, also be called Innocent, whereas I would not want to land a boy, even a boy in Glory, with "Nina" (our choice if we knew it was a girl).

Innocent fits for many reasons -- what a wonderful saint (Renaissance man in a kayak), and what a good description of the child.

I want to thank everyone for their words and prayers (expressed or not). One great blessing to come out of this experience is that we are left in no doubt that we are loved (a lot!), and that this community of the Orthodox Church in BC and beyond is really filled with light, life and the Holy Spirit. I am just completely humbled and honoured to be part of it.

6 comments:

Simply Victoria said...

a beautiful and appropriate name choice.
the wee bairn Innocent is in our prayers. As are all the Hainsworths!
God bless you and keep you all.
love, the jordans.

Arielle said...

Matushka,
I've just started reading your blog, and I'm so very sorry for your loss. Innocent is a beautiful name for a child that has gone on before you, waiting for you. May I ask if you were past your first trimester? There seemed to be quite a bit of time between when you announced the pregnancy and the loss. I'm so glad that you can honor your baby this way - naming him or her, and praying.

You and your whole family are in my prayers. I will add little Innocent to my prayer for the departed as well.

Dianne said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. We have had 5 go to glory without getting to know them and it has been a real heartache for us. (even with the four kids we do have!) I was so excited to hear that Jaime and her two friends were expecting together. Hopefully all will go well next time. Hopes, dreams, and prayers be with you.
ICXC
NIKA

matthew christopher davidson said...

Dear Jenny,

I love you.

That is all.

Elizabeth said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Saying a prayer for you. And to St. Innocent.

I just found your blog now, through other Orthodox blogs, and I visited Victoria about two or three years ago, and spent some time with you and Fr. John, and your parish. (My name is Elizabeth, and you and I talk about linguistics and history of English, and we all talked a lot about translation I think. I worked at a Greek church then, but I don't now.) I corresponded with Fr. John a bit by email but haven't for a long time. I don't know if you remember me, but I have thought about you and wanted to be in touch again, so I am glad I found your blog. I really enjoyed you and your family.

Matt said...

Hello, Mat. Jenny.

I just found your blog by accident and felt compelled to write you. We have never met, but I was very blessed to be able to meet with Fr John when I was visiting Victoria in June.

My prayers are with you and your entire family.

Matt